Gaming lounges get green light to reopen

July 08, 2020
Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Nigel Clarke, makes a statement in the House of Representatives on July 7. Seated at left is Prime Minister, Andrew Holness.

Gaming lounges are set to reopen, effective today, Wednesday, July 8, following an announcement made by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Nigel Clarke, on Tuesday. 

Dr. Clarke made the disclosure during a Statement to the House of Representatives.

“The decision comes following the development and publication of COVID-19 reopening and operating protocols by the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission, in consultation with the gaming lounge operators,” the Minister said.

He noted that the protocols have been reviewed by the Ministry of Health and Wellness and received a ‘no objection’ from the public health authorities.

Dr. Clarke pointed out that gaming lounges represent the last segment of Jamaica's gambling industry to reopen.

“They make a significant contribution to economic activity and employment in Jamaica,” he argued.

For the financial year ending March 2020, gaming lounges generated $490 million of direct revenue for the Government, outside of Pay As You Earn (PAYE) deductions and General Consumption Tax (GCT) contributions.

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